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Yuma (YT 37)
ex-Asher J. Hudson (SP 3104)


  • The first Yuma was built in 1891 by John H. Dialogue and Sons, Camden, New Jersey as Asher J. Hudson
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 July 1918 from the Alabama Coal Transport Co. of New Orleans, LA
  • Commissioned USS Asher J. Hudson (SP 3104), 1 August 1918 at Naval Station New Orleans
  • Reclassified as a District Tug,YT-37, 17 July 1920
  • Renamed Yuma 24 November 1920
  • Decommissioned 30 March 1921
  • Sold back to her previous owners 5 August 1921, struck from the Navy list and renamed Asher J. Hudson
  • Acquired in 1921 by the Crown Coal and Towing Co. of New Orleans
  • Sold to the Sabine Towing Co. of Port Arthur, TX
  • Her name disappeared from the merchant registers about 1963
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 136 t.
  • Length 92'
  • Beam 21'
  • Draft 10' 3"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 17
    1921 - 22
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 325hp verticle compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Asher J. Hudson 79k Probably photographed at New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1918. Note carved eagle on her foremast, just forward of the pilothouse. Such eagles were common decorations on contemporary tugs. The original photograph is in Record Group 19-LCM in the National Archives
    U.S. Navy photo NH 95890
    Naval Historical Center

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    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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